I can't put it down. Facts are interwoven seamlessly into glorious vistas as the family walk, talk, sleep and eat together. I just finished this story that was so much fun to read, and I am already looking forward to the next installment of their travels. She was being a typical teenager - a rebellious, constantly complaining, my-life-is-ruined teenager. Savannah Grace was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. Really cool to think about the fact that this isn't fiction, this is really what happened!! But it is also a book that the parent might gain from as well --not in the way one takes vicarious pleasure in the breathless depictions so many travel writers make of foreign lands, but as a way of connecting with what a teenager really experiences in an extraordinary physical and emotional journey. Being a writer subjects you to the same doubts, the same unpopularity, the same nagging questions that believers struggle with.
She doesn't want to discover the world. But she definitely overcomes her initial aversion to everything and seems to have the time of her life and her experiences are sure to stir the travel bug in anyone. Our Verdict: Sihpromatum would be a fantastic choice for holiday reading and is an absolute must-read for anyone considering a family backpacking adventure. In 2005, fourteen-year-old Savannah did not want to take a year out of school, nor leave her friends, nor forget the boy who just might one day be interested in her, nor live out of a backpack for a year. At this moment, it seems unlikely. All of that changes suddenly when Savannah's mother is sick and tired of all this normality in their lifes. All of our adventures in India…wow! Grace was 14 years old when her mother announced they would be selling everything and embarking upon a backpack trip beginning in China.
She is somewhat insecure, has had plenty of experience being the new kid in town and is trying to settle into a rhythm in her young life. I did not connect with Savannah in the beginning, because at her age, the travel bug had already bitten me and I never wanted our trips, albeit only 5-6 weeks long, to end. New food, uncomfortable toileting situations, cultural shock, travel conditions that aren't cushy and more. Sihpromatum Part 2: Backpacks and Bra Straps After surviving their trip through Mongolia, begins with a rather unfriendly welcome in Russia. This book deserves a very solid 4.
There is a thread of hilarity that spans the course of the story, and the author never loses the ability to make her reader feel warm inside even during the portions that are more serious. Everyone needs to do it, whether you live in Canada, Germany or China. Yet as they experience this adventure together, they healed and embraced the new future. Sihpromatum is a wonderful book. Consider the possibilities of sihpromatum in your own lives! Plus, I think I'm just not the target audience for it. She is timid at first then the whole family plunges in to have a true and joyous connection with the children that the reader feels. That's just the first three months covered in this first book.
For me Sophie, I feared the outside toilet situation in India. So I could immediately identify with both the author's discomfort when the frenetic pursuit of acceptance among her friends was interrupted and with the more mature sense of her identity that emerged as she learned how to accept, and become accepted by, many new and different friends in her journeys through China and Mongolia. While Ammon and Bree, her siblings, are excited and curious about the biggest step they'll probably take in their lifes, Savannah hates every little thing about it. Probably because of how much pain I suffer when I try to walk pretty much anywhere! Second, it's so hard reviewing a book based on real events that the author lived through. But that doesn't stop some from becoming hardcore nomads.
I guess I'll have to wait and see if I'm in the mood for it. But I'm glad I went ahead and decided to read it as it turned out to be quite interesting and enjoyable. You could smell the air and see the colours through her words. Normally I find books with true stories rather boring. She is 14 as the book begins in 2005, when her tranquil life in Vancouver, Canada takes an abrupt change. It is beautifully written, the authentic, tender story of a young teen blossoming with maturity beyond her years.
Being able to read a book and talk to the author is incredible! This is more than just a simple travel memoir. Savannah and her family hire some local tour guides that take them into the remote deserts of Mongolia, where they have an adventure bigger than they signed up for, involving a wild camel and enough hairy biscuits and stew to last anyone a lifetime. I do have to say that I'm not sure if her descriptions of them are entirely fair or accurate at times. It inspires us and shapes so many of our lives - whether we live it or inherit it, or just glimpse it from afar. Read an excerpt of Last we see them, they're on a train headed to Russia. Her elder sister, a confidant and ally to her and her Mom, the person who holds them together. Right now we're having goat soup in a get in Mongolia.
Grace was 14 years old when her mother announced they would be selling everything and embarking upon a backpack trip beginning in China. The book is bound to make you laugh out loud and bring tears to your eyes. I learned the boundaries of my own strengths and weaknesses, and then how to move beyond them. Some days she's excited and happy with everything she gets to see. Anyways I could talk about this book for hours. Click here to buy your copy of the Sihpromatum Set: Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a thoughtful review, Maria.
This portion of her adventure concluded in Mongolia, which I have had a desire to visit. I've always had wanderlust and have always wanted to travel, so hearing about these places to me was fascinating, and the author does a great job of giving the broad outlines of the landscape, and a stronger, underlying sense of the emotions it evokes. Money, trappings of success do not matter: it is humans who matter and despite many cultural differences, we share the same longings, fears, dreams, and desire for understanding. I love it when a book takes you away into a foreign world and you almost feel like you were part of the story. It was amazing to read about this girl and her family and how much she grew up and changed over the course of their adventures.
This is the first book in a long while that thaught me a lot while it also offered me a great and entertaining read. She doesnt relay the past as though she enjoyed every moment of it and never once complained about how hard it was to leave everything behind and travel through countries without flushing toilets, cold water, and english speakers. Savannah has an enormous talent for storytelling. Savannah is currently living with her Dutch partner in The Netherlands, where she continues to write and travel. At the writing of this review, Savannah has visited 99 countries on 5 continents.